Summer Evening Lectures in Woodhouse

Thursday, 23 May, 2019
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It is with great pleasure that we would like to invite you to the second series of the Summer Evening Lectures in Woodhouse.

Stradbally summer lecture series


Summer Evening Lectures in Woodhouse.

As last year, our guest speakers will focus on various historical topics concerning the past and present of Woodhouse, County Waterford and Ireland. Each lecture will be followed by discussion, and tea and biscuits shall be served.

Please note, that this year’s lectures will take place at 7.30 p.m. at the Garden Room in the Walled Garden of Woodhouse, and that we are going to be able to sit 130 people. Admission fee is 5 euros.

Thursday, 23rd May: Dave Pollock

The search for medieval Stradbally

Dave is a field archaeologist, and have dug at a number of National Monuments, including the castles at Dungarvan, Barryscourt, and Carrick on Suir (Ormond). He investigated waterlogged Viking houses under Penney’s in Waterford when the shop was extended a few years ago, and recorded the remains of suburban 18th century Dungarvan when Grattan Square was recently repaved. Even closer to home, Dave had a look under the floors at Woodhouse as Jim and Sally were refurbishing the building, and he has put a few small holes into Stradbally village.

Dave is also an illustrator, specializing in reconstruction drawings. He has produced a number of outdoor panels for Waterford Council, and illustrated booklets on medieval Dungarvan and Waterford.

Thursday, 30th May: Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer, MRIA

The 1641 Depositions: records of massacre, atrocity & ethnic cleansing in seventeenth-century Ireland

Prof. Jane Ohlmeyer is Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin. She is Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and chair of the Irish Research Council.  She is the author or editor of numerous articles and 11 books, including Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Ireland, published in 2018, and is currently working on a book on ‘Colonial Ireland, Colonial India’.

Thursday, 6th June: Jim Thompson

Woodhouse - A manor REBORN

Jim Thompson is the Chairman and Founder of the Crown Worldwide Group. After graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Jim arrived in Asia in 1963. Within two years he established Crown in Yokohama, Japan. He moved to Hong Kong in 1978. Jim is a member of many prestigious organizations and with and his wife Sally he is involved in numerous charities. In 2012 he bought and started the process of renovation of Woodhouse.

Jim’s lecture is a record of Jim and Sally’s experience of this house and everything that it involves.

Thursday, 13th June: Mike Feerick

The Irish Diaspora, Past, Present and Future

Mike is a Galway-based serial technology entrepreneur. His day job is as CEO & Founder of, one of the largest free online learning platforms with 13 million learners worldwide. A volunteer passion is organising Ireland’s Diaspora around the world. In 2009, Mike founded Ireland Reaching Out, a volunteer-based Irish charity focused on reuniting Ireland with all people of Irish heritage around the world. With 100,000 members, its free online messaging service has answered over 40,000 queries of Diaspora seeking to trace their parish of origin in Ireland. It hosts one of the largest communities of Irish genealogical expertise and has over 1,000 volunteers working to Meet & Greet returning Irish Diaspora to parish of origins north & south.

Mike will speak about the Irish Diaspora, the founding and expansion of Ireland Reaching Out, and his hopes for how Ireland might harness the strength of its global Diaspora for the social, economic and cultural benefit of rural communities across Ireland.

Thursday, 20th June: Maria O’Brien

Step back in time with Lady Emily of Woodhouse

Maria O’Brien of is a Genealogist and Researcher who has untangled the branches of many families from around the world whose roots were in Ireland, including those of celebrities. She is proud to say she has worked with Turtle Bunbury the renowned Irish Historian, Author and Radio/TV Presenter as well as the world- renowned Old Moore’s Almanac.

Please note that this lecture will take place at the Woodhouse Museum.


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